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The Rangers have returned forward Nicklas Jensen to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Jensen’s stint in the NHL last four games, where he was held off the scoreboard.
The Arizona Coyotes have claimed forward Josh Jooris off waivers. I find this to be odd only because I had no idea the Rangers placed Jooris on waivers. Jooris was signed in the offseason to a one-year deal, and was brought in to bring defensive stability to the penalty killing unit and the fourth line. Jooris struggled a little bit in the role, as he was a healthy scratch when the Rangers were fully healthy.
In 12 games with the Rangers, Jooris put up a line of 1-1-2, which is perfectly acceptable for his role. It seems that Nicklas Jensen and Marek Hrivik have passed him on the depth chart. It wouldn’t surprise me to see one or both stick with the club for a little while as the Rangers heal up.
I don’t think this is a matter of Jooris failing in New York. It’s a matter of younger guys with more skill surpassing him in the depth chart. Losing Jooris may hurt if the Rangers continue to get hurt, but it’s nothing big to worry about.
The Rangers have claimed forward Matt Puempel off waivers from the Ottawa Senators. The 2011 first round pick was waived by the Senators after not putting up a point in his 13 games thus far this season. Over 52 career games, Puempel has just four goals and two assists to his name.
Puempel is likely one of those “throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks” moves by Jeff Gorton as he and the Rangers try to deal with the slew of injuries that have done a number on their forward depth.
The 23-year-old forward is signed for this year making $900,000. Worth noting that the Rangers were 28th in the league in waiver priority. So 27 other teams passed on him, with just Chicago and Montreal behind them. At the worst, he’s a forward for Hartford. At the best, he’s a temporary stopgap until the forwards get healthy.
Update: McIlrath needs to play 41 more games this season, or else he becomes a UFA. This is likely the reason why there was no trade.
The Rangers have officially placed Dylan McIlrath on waivers. This move comes as no surprise, as Alain Vigneault has more or less stated he’s not going to play him. As the odd-man out on the now healthy blue line, the Rangers appear to have been unsuccessful in trying to trade him.
Personally, I don’t think McIlrath ever got a fair shake from AV. I think he could have been a serviceable bottom pairing guy. That said, he’s not going to be a top-four guy, and he’s not someone to really flip out over losing. It would have been nice had he made it, though.
The Rangers have apparently signed forward Justin Fontaine, and immediately placed him on waivers to send to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The news on both broke from one seemingly innocuous tweet from Elliotte Friedman, who stated that Fontaine was on waivers for the Rangers. Friedman is rarely wrong, but most immediately thought Gabriel Fontaine, 2016 draft pick.
In fact, it is Justin, who will go to Hartford to replace the now departed Nathan Gerbe. Gerbe has gone to Switzerland, and has been released from his contract with the Rangers. Fontaine will be that veteran presence among the forwards in Hartford. He will also play a scoring role with the club. My guess is that, given his relative success with Minnesota over the last few seasons, he will be the first injury call up in these next few weeks.
The Rangers have the same amount of contracts/forwards in the system. When Oscar Lindberg returns, one more forward will be sent to Hartford as well.
The Canadiens surprised a lot of people yesterday morning, placing defenseman Mark Barberio on waivers. The 26-year-old left handed defenseman put up a line of 2-8-10 in 30 games last season with the Habs, which falls just a bit short of a 30 point season over 82 games. But in the AHL he regular puts up 60 points per season. He appears to be the classic tweener, someone who excels in the AHL, but not in the NHL.
The scouting report on Barberio is what every team hopes to have on the blue line. He is a good skater, has great vision, makes a good first pass, and qualifies as the “new NHL puck mover” that teams are gravitating towards. On paper, he looks like a guy that should be given a shot, especially on a team that is woefully thin –even if the Rangers front office refuses to admit– on defense after Ryan McDonagh.
The Daniel Paille experiment is over in New York. The Rangers waived the winger today, and will send him to Hartford once he clears. Paille was signed a month ago to help “address the penalty kill issues.” It was a signing that ignored the core issues with the unit and tried to throw a band-aid on them. The signing was met with general dislike, not because of the player, but because of those ignored process issues.
With Rick Nash still on the mend, the Rangers will need a call up from Hartford for Sunday night’s game.
In some good news, Ryan McDonagh passed concussion protocal, but will be out tomorrow. He does not have a concussion, but does have jaw/neck issues. Concussion free is the best possible news for the Rangers and McDonagh.
Despite rumors that the Rangers would put in a claim for waived Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, he cleared waivers this afternoon. Ehrhoff is on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, and has a line of 2-9-11 in 40 games this season. As a cheap and effective defenseman for an injury riddled club, Ehrhoff seemed like a logical fit.
There are a few reasons why the Rangers may have passed on him, though. The first is that Jeff Gorton thinks the current top-six, without Ryan McDonagh, will be able to hold on long enough until McDonagh is healthy. The second is that McDonagh may be on a path to a faster recovery from his concussion. The third is that maybe they have something else lined up.
After all the talk yesterday that the Rangers would claim him, and the fact that many –including myself– thought he wouldn’t even make it to the Rangers on the waiver wire, this is very surprising.
Per Elliotte Friedman, the Minnesota Wild have claimed Jarret Stoll. Stoll was waived by the Rangers yesterday after a relatively sub-par performance in 29 games with the Rangers. Stoll put up 1-2-3 in 29 games with the Rangers, while possessing one of the worst possession rankings in the league. He was solid in the faceoff circle, but brought little else to the table.
The Rangers have placed center Jarret Stoll on waivers, per Ryan Rishaug. Stoll has been a bit underwhelming as a Ranger, and while he brings excellent faceoff skills to the club, he does little else. This paves the way for some cap space and for Emerson Etem to get in the lineup a bit more regularly.
It should be worth noting that Tanner Glass’ play of late made Stoll expendable as the 13F.